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While dental care brings a huge focus on brushing and taking care of your teeth, you must also take care of your gums. Strong gums ensure that your teeth remain firm in your mouth and there isn't a chance of rotting. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can happen to any person who doesn't take care of their oral hygiene.
They can cause irritation, inflammation, swelling and in bad cases, even bleeding.
Causes of Common Gum Diseases
- Bad Oral Hygiene
The foremost cause for any gum disease is bad oral hygiene. Failure to brush your teeth will result in food particles staying in your mouth. This food will help bacteria grow which in turn will affect your gums.
- Poor Nutrition
The reason that many developing countries have gum diseases is because of poor nutrition. The lack of sufficient vitamins and minerals prevents the gums from growing and staying strong.
Blowing smoke in the mouth causes dryness and makes it harder for the gum tissues to repair themselves.
What can you do?
- Warm Salt Water
Heat up a bit of water and mix salt in it. Next, gargle the warm salt water. This gives your mouth a good wash and fights against any minor infections on your gums.
- Apply a Tea Bag
Add a tea bag into hot water and let it heat for a while. After a minute remove it, let it cool down and then apply the warm tea bag on the affected area. Directly pressing the tea bag onto your gum is better than drinking it.
- Eat Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges contain the right vitamins needed for your gums. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, is important for growing tissues and bone regeneration, which is usually affected by various gum problems.
- Use a Mouthwash
A mouthwash can cause a slight burning sensation which is uncomfortable, but it is effective against minor gum diseases.
- Apply Genigel
Genigel has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This will help your gums recover from the disease.
- Visit the Dentist
The best person to give you advice and take a look at your gum disease is a dentist. You should especially visit the dentist if the gum disease is causing serious bleeding.
Ultimately the best thing to do is prevent gum diseases by brushing your teeth and flossing it regularly.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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